Memorial Day Observance - 2018
The Town of Windsor Public Celebrations Committee is proud to announce that the 2018 Memorial Day Parade Marshal is Windsor resident Dennis Guay. Dennis graduated from Eli Whitney High School in Hamden and entered the US Navy reserve Program. Dennis transferred to the US Marine Corp and was assigned to HMH 363 Heavy Helicopter Squadron Santa Ann California. Dennis was transferred to Japan and then South Vietnam. Upon retune from Vietnam, he was assigned to Andrews Air Force Base in support of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Marine Officers from the Pentagon. Dennis left active duty 1979 and returned to Connecticut.
In 1995, while working for UTC, Dennis joined the Connecticut Air National Guard. He deployed many times to assist with drug interdiction and enforcement efforts in Colombia and Texas. In 1991 he volunteered as one of the first chemical detection team members to be deployed to Saudi Arabia. Upon returning, Dennis continued taking classes from Homeland Security/FEMA and became an instructor in terrorism prevention for both public and emergency services.
He was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corp Good Conduct (2), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal (2), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Air Force Reserve Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon and the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal.
On Monday, May 28th a ceremony will be held at the Elm Grove Cemetery located in Poquonock beginning at 8:00 AM followed by a ceremony at Veteran’s Cemetery at 9:00 AM. Following the ceremony at Veterans Cemetery, the Memorial Day Parade will proceed to Windsor Town Hall via Poquonock Avenue for the Parade Marshal’s address. The parade usually arrives in the center of town between 9:45 AM and 10:00 AM. The 10:00 ceremony at town hall will include a special flag ceremony performed by members of Boy Scout Troop 149.
Any Windsor veterans, scout troops or other community organizations wishing to march in the parade should meet at the corner of East and Pleasant Street between 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM to assemble.
In case of rain, there will be one single ceremony in the Town Hall Council Chambers at 10:00 AM. Detailed information on Windsor’s Memorial Day observances can be found on the town’s website at www.townofwindsorct.com. Contact Enita Jubrey at 860-285-1835 with any other questions.